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  • Terrorist attack survivors outraged by White House guest

    12/15/2011 5:09:18 AM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/14/11 | Ashish Kumar Sen
    Survivors of a 1996 terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen are offendedthat an Iraqi official with ties to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was welcomed to the White House this week. “Outrage at the visit to the White House really doesn’t describe what I feel,” said William M. Schooley, who survived the June 25, 1996, bombing of the Khobar Towers. “I watched outstanding airmen die that night and witnessed horrific carnage. The survivors of Khobar Towers have been swept under the rug and now have received the greatest insult,” he added. The Washington Times first reported...
  • Why Clinton Wouldn't Call

    10/18/2005 5:15:30 AM PDT · by TheForceOfOne · 58 replies · 2,478+ views
    The New York Post ^ | October 18, 2005 | Dick Morris
    FORMER FBI Director Louis Freeh writes movingly of his disappointment that Presi dent Bill Clinton did little or nothing to in tervene with the Saudi monarchy to let his agents question the accused perpetrators of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing. But he is at a loss to understand the president's conduct. In an earlier terror attack, the Saudis had cut off the heads of the suspected terrorists before the FBI could question them. To avoid a repeat, Freeh went to the president and emphasized the importance of intervening with the Saudis to allow questioning. The Saudis, of course, didn't want...
  • HISTORY - Time line [some] Important dates in radical ISLAM VS WORLD

    08/04/2007 8:32:38 PM PDT · by Posting · 2 replies · 4,103+ views
    HISTORY - Time line [some] Important dates in radical ISLAM VS WORLD 1263 - 1328 The 'Godfather of Islamic Fundamentalism' Who is the True Godfather of Islamic Fundamentalism? His name is Ibn Taymiyyah, or Taq ad-Din Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah, and he lived from 1263 to 1328. His name by birth was Ahmad ibn Abdul-Halim ibn Abdas-Salaam. This individual could be considered as the real godfather of fundamentalism. Maududi borrowed extensively from Taymiyyah's writings. http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/index.php? id=1194248__________________1347 [The Bahmani sultans & genocide on Indians]The Muslim conquests, down to the 16th century, were for the Hindus a pure struggle of life and death....
  • Iran ordered to pay $254 million in Khobar Towers bombing

    12/22/2006 9:01:22 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 34 replies · 1,153+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | December 22, 2006
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Friday ordered the Islamic Republic of Iran to pay $254 million to the family of 17 U.S. servicemen killed in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers residence at a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia. The default judgment was entered against the Iranian government, its security ministry and the Revolutionary Guards after they failed to respond to the lawsuit, which was initiated more than four years ago. In issuing the $254.4 million judgment in the case, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth concluded that the Khobar Towers attack...
  • The Truth about Bill Clinton and Terrorism (FR Compilation Thread)

    09/08/2006 9:58:02 AM PDT · by Howlin · 155 replies · 5,305+ views
    Free Republic ^ | September 8, 2006 | Various Sources
    Lopez: In sum, how many times did Bill Clinton lose bin Laden?Miniter: Here's a rundown. The Clinton administration:1. Did not follow-up on the attempted bombing of Aden marines in Yemen.2. Shut the CIA out of the 1993 WTC bombing investigation, hamstringing their effort to capture bin Laden.3. Had Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a key bin Laden lieutenant, slip through their fingers in Qatar.4. Did not militarily react to the al Qaeda bombing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.5. Did not accept the Sudanese offer to turn bin Laden.6. Did not follow-up on another offer from Sudan through a private back channel.7. Objected to...
  • Khobar Towers Bombing Anniversary

    07/07/2006 9:59:13 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 9 replies · 752+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 7 July 06 | VOA
    It has been ten years since a truck bomb exploded at the Khobar Towers apartment complex near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Nineteen U.S. military personnel were killed and hundreds of other Americans and Saudis were injured. President George W. Bush marked the anniversary with a statement in which he said that those responsible "were terrorists who we believe were working with Iranian officials." Mr. Bush said that the United States remains "determined in our efforts to bring to justice those responsible for this attack." The U.S. military personnel who were killed in the Khobar Towers were in Saudi Arabia as part...
  • Khobar Towers changed Air Force focus on force protection

    06/23/2006 8:01:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 556+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Phyllis Duff
    6/23/2006 - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- It was around 10 p.m. on June 25, 1996, when Staff Sgt. Alfredo Guerrero went to check the security post on the rooftop of an eight-story Khobar Towers apartment building at Dhahran Air Base, Saudi Arabia. He asked the sentry on watch if everything was OK. Below them, residents in the rooms were settling in for the night. Most were with the 4404th Wing -- protectors of the "no fly zone" in Southern Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch. Some Airmen were writing letters or calling home. Some were playing cards or shooting...
  • Al-Qaida video shows alleged 20th hijacker

    06/21/2006 3:23:29 AM PDT · by edpc · 4 replies · 461+ views
    AP (via Yahoo!) ^ | June 21, 2006 | KATHERINE SHRADER
    WASHINGTON - Al-Qaida has identified a would-be 20th hijacker for the Sept. 11 attacks as a Saudi operative who was killed in a 2004 shootout with his country's security forces. In a statement accompanying a new video, the terrorist network's propaganda arm identified Fawaz al-Nashimi, also known as Turki bin Fuheid al-Muteiry, as the operative who would have rounded out a team that ultimately took over United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed into a Pennsylvania field before reaching its intended target. A 54-minute video featuring al-Nashimi was obtained Tuesday by IntelCenter, a U.S. government contractor based in Virginia. U.S counterterrorism...
  • NYP: CLINTON AND THE SAUDIS - Bill owes the American people some answers to Freeh's charges.

    10/17/2005 6:10:37 AM PDT · by OESY · 55 replies · 2,258+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 17, 2005 | Editorial
    ...Under pressure from Team Clinton, "60 Minutes" agreed to read a statement from convicted criminal Sandy Berger, Clinton's national security adviser, insisting that Freeh's account is flat-out wrong.... It's also a fact that he's [Clinton] remained close to the House of Saud: In 2002, he was paid $750,000 for a speaking tour there. The Saudis also flew the ex-president and an entourage of 40 guests to the kingdom for a 2003 visit.... And Clinton pointedly praised the Saudi government in his testimony to the 9/11 Commission. Freeh has made similar allegations before, in a 2001 article by Elsa Walsh in...
  • Iran's Al-Qaeda Link: What the 9-11 Commission Found

    01/19/2005 8:05:41 AM PST · by forty_years · 3 replies · 684+ views
    http://netwmd.com ^ | January 19, 2005 | Middle East Quarterly
    While the State Department's Patterns of Global Terrorism—2003 report [1] labeled Iran "the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2003," the Bush administration has yet to agree on a national security presidential directive to define U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic.[2] Meanwhile, Tehran continues to edge closer to nuclear capability.[3]The following are excerpts from the 9/11 Commission Report, an unclassified version of which was released to the public on July 22, 2004.[4] The commission interviewed more than 1,000 people in ten countries and conducted an unprecedented review of U.S. intelligence. Among its findings, excerpted below, was evidence of a...
  • Gen. Wayne Downing, Candidate to Head "Homeland Security?"

    12/02/2004 5:35:26 AM PST · by xzins · 25 replies · 718+ views
    General Wayne Downing served in a variety of command assignments in infantry, armored, special operations, and joint units, culminating in his appointment as the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Special Operations Command. He served two combat tours in Vietnam as a junior infantry officer. As a general officer, Wayne Downing commanded the special operations of all services during the 1989 invasion of Panama and commanded a joint special operations task force operating deep behind the Iraqi lines during Operation DESERT STORM. Following retirement, General Wayne Downing was appointed by the President to assess the 1996 terrorist attack on the U.S....
  • Kerry serially minimizes the threat of terrorism. Silly comments after the 1996 Khobar bombings.

    10/20/2004 2:12:05 AM PDT · by TFine80 · 8 replies · 651+ views
    Federal News Service -- HEARING OF THE SENATE SELECT INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE -- L/N | AUGUST 1, 1996 | John Kerry
    PANEL I LOUIS J. FREEH, DIRECTOR FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION ..... SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MA): Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Bryant, I've got a couple of questions that I'd like you to answer, or Director Freeh to answer, at a later date, and provide me, if you would, the answers. The first one has to do with the question of -- are things worse in the United States today than they have been throughout this century? I mean, there's a tendency, I think, an understandable tendency, when you have an attack such as this, as we've experienced in the last...
  • Slain oilman’s brother accuses Saudi Arabia of Khobar attack

    09/09/2004 3:24:54 AM PDT · by Flavius · 1 replies · 235+ views
    jang ^ | September 09, 2004 | na
    ONDON: The brother of a British oil executive killed in a suspected al-Qaeda attack in Saudi Arabia last May publicly accused the kingdom’s security services on Wednesday of colluding with the militants to allow some of them to escape. Michael Hamilton, a 61-year-old banker from Kilmarnock, Scotland working for the Arab Petroleum Investment Corp. (Apicorp), was shot and killed in his car by militants who then tied his body to the back of a car and drove it through the streets of Khobar city. The militants then attacked a residential compound for foreigners working in Saudi Arabia, killing 21 other...
  • The Attack on the Khobar Compound - Unexpurgated Version

    06/14/2004 7:27:01 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 15 replies · 207+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 6/14/2004 | Moneyrunner
    On May 29th terrorists attacked the Khobar complex in Saudi Arabia. 22 people were killed. The US media gave us the sanitized version. Those killed were identified by their nationalities; the manner of their death was glossed over. It can't be squeamishness on the part of the American media, as the relentless pictures and descriptions of Abu Ghraib will testify. MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, has given as a somewhat more graphic insight into what happened that day, in the words of Fawwaz bin Muhammad Al-Nashami, commander of the Al-Quds Brigade that took responsibility for the May 29...
  • Commander of the Khobar Terrorist Squad Tells the Story of the Operation

    06/14/2004 3:15:23 PM PDT · by ArcLight · 11 replies · 186+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 6/15/2004
    A tiny excerpt: "We entered one of the companies' [offices], and found there an American infidel who looked like a director of one of the companies. I went into his office and called him. When he turned to me, I shot him in the head, and his head exploded. We entered another office and found one infidel from South Africa, and our brother Hussein slit his throat. We asked Allah to accept [these acts of devotion] from us, and from him. This was the South African infidel." Horrific and disgusting almost beyond belief. These are the people we're up against.
  • Al-Qaida confirms attack on 'unbelievers'

    06/11/2004 12:34:15 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 146+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, June 11, 2004
    This is a WorldNetDaily printer-friendly version of the article which follows. To view this item online, visit http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=38890 Friday, June 11, 2004 GEOSTRATEGY-DIRECT INTELLIGENCE BRIEFAl-Qaida confirms attack on 'unbelievers''We were asking our brother Muslims, where are the Americans?' Posted: June 11, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com Al-Qaida has released its version of its capture of a foreign housing compound in Saudi Arabia and execution of 22 people, confirming reports that attackers were singling out non-Muslims, reports Geostrategy-Direct, the global intelligence news service. The organization published an account of the two-day hostage crisis on an al-Qaida-aligned Internet site. Its account differs significantly...
  • Disguised gunmen try to free terror leader [Saudi Arabia]

    06/08/2004 4:49:23 PM PDT · by saquin · 19 replies · 1,806+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 6/9/04 | Michael Theodoulou and Daniel McGrory
    Three al-Qaeda militants dressed as women have staged an audacious attempt to free the wounded ringleader of the killing spree in al-Khobar from the top security hospital in Saudi Arabia where he is under police guard. Witnesses told The Times how the terrorists tried to reach Nimir Bigami, who was so badly injured in the gun battle with Saudi security forces last week that his gang had left him for dead as they escaped. Twenty-two people were killed in that attack. The offensive against foreigners continued yesterday when an American defence contractor was killed in a drive-by shooting outside his...
  • Fight to save life of BBC reporter (He was not a muslim)

    06/08/2004 8:10:19 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 10 replies · 297+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 09, 2004 | From The Times
    LONDON: The BBC reporter shot nine times in an al-Qa'ida ambush in Saudi Arabia that claimed the life of his camerman remained in a coma last night. Frank Gardner, the BBC's security correspondent, underwent further surgery yesterday after having two bullets removed from his abdomen, one from his leg and another from his hand. A senior BBC executive said: "It was a touch and go for a while but doctors are confident he will pull through." Saudi police are investigating suggestions the gunmen were tipped off about the presence of the BBC team in a stronghold of al-Qa'ida supporters in...
  • "Don't Worry, We Don't Kill Muslims"

    06/08/2004 1:42:10 AM PDT · by kattracks · 30 replies · 282+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 6/08/04 | Daniel Pipes
    After an Islamist rampage in the Saudi town of Khobar on May 29-30 that ended in the death of twenty-two persons, survivors of that atrocity have recounted how the terrorists went to great lengths to ensure that they would kill only non-Muslims. Their actions raise a delicate but urgent issue: how might non-Muslims best protect themselves if caught in such a situation?Even as the massacre was underway, the terrorists took pains to distinguish Muslims from non-Muslims. Here are some of the survivors’ testimonies:Hazem Al-Damen, Muslim, Jordanian: two terrorists knocked on his door and asked him and others hiding whether they...
  • Two BBC men shot in Saudi capital(1 cameraman dead, 1 correspondent wounded)

    06/06/2004 5:06:50 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 193+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 06/06/04 | N/A
    Two BBC men shot in Saudi capital Gardner has been BBC security correspondent for the last two years BBC cameraman Simon Cumbers has been killed and correspondent Frank Gardner injured after gunmen opened fire near the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Cumbers, 36, was a freelance journalist and cameraman working for the BBC, the BBC said in a statement. Frank Gardner, 42, is the BBC's security correspondent and a leading expert on al-Qaeda, the statement said Riyadh's police chief said the attack was carried out by "unknown elements" on Sunday afternoon. The BBC statement said the two men had travelled to Saudi...
  • Blow-By-Blow Account of Saudi Massacre (Islamosavages Posting Their Atrocities On the Internet)

    06/06/2004 10:18:29 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 7 replies · 172+ views
    Mail & Guardian ^ | 6/6/04 | Staff
    Islamic militants who killed 22 people in a shooting spree in Saudi Arabia a week ago have posted a 3 000-word account of the operation on the internet. The account gives astonishing details of the attack, describing how the killers hunted down their victims, then slept and prayed after decapitating Westerners. It also challenges the Saudi Arabian government's version of events, claiming that pictures of Saudi troops storming a building from the air were stage-managed. The attack, in the northern port city of al-Khobar, shook the Saudi regime and, by forcing up the price of oil, caused economic upset globally....
  • Graphic insight into Khobar raid

    06/06/2004 4:51:54 AM PDT · by billorites · 5 replies · 152+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 6, 2004 | Frank Gardner
    Saudi militants inspired by al-Qaeda have published a graphic account on the internet of last weekend's raid in Khobar that left 22 people dead. Western diplomats in Riyadh say it almost exactly matches their own independent findings. It gives an extraordinary insight into the killing of non-Muslim expatriates. The militants appear to have been little troubled by the Saudi security forces as they went about their grisly work on a housing compound. "We had planned to detonate an explosive-laden truck inside the compound", says the statement posted on the internet, "but because entering the compound was so easy there was...
  • Purported al-Qaida Tape Praises Attack - kHOBAR SA

    06/04/2004 11:58:49 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies · 185+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 04, 2004 at 6:16:46 PDT | RAWYA RAGEH
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The suspected leader of al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia praised last weekend's terrorist attack that killed 22 people and the effect it had on oil prices, according to a statement he purportedly posted on the Internet. Abdulaziz Issa Abdul-Mohsin al-Moqrin said the attack, in which Islamic militants stormed a Khobar resort and killed mostly foreign oil workers, was carried out by the "Jerusalem Squad" and amounted to a "new victory." His statement appeared in an online periodical that seems to be linked to al-Qaida. It was dated Thursday and carried by an Islamic Web site...
  • Russia poised to become oil king: With Saudi security risks, world has little choice

    06/04/2004 12:32:35 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 18 replies · 224+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, June 4, 2004 | Peter Lavelle
    The terrorist attack in the Saudi Arabian city of Khobar over the weekend may have tremendous implications for international petroleum markets, Western security and Russia's standing in the world. With Saudi Arabia's security risk on the rise and fears that violence will increase there, the world has little choice but to turn to Russia as a source of secure – and reasonably priced – petroleum exports. Russia is poised to assume leadership of crude-oil export markets, the implications of which also could significantly affect Russia's domestic political and economic order. When President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in...
  • The Real Roots of Muslim Hatred

    06/03/2004 6:18:37 AM PDT · by veronica · 14 replies · 3,612+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 6-3-04 | Andrew G. Bostom
    “Are you Muslim or Christian? We don't want to kill Muslims.” That’s what the Islamic terrorists reportedly told their innocent prey during a murderous shooting spree last Saturday in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, that left at least 17 civilians dead in the initial assault. 1 How are we to interpret such repeated acts of terrorism, targeting non-Muslims? Perhaps the most influential contemporary doyen lecturing to us about "Islamic fundamentalism" has asserted, in multiple writings since 1990 2, the following: fundamentalism and its accompanying “Muslim rage” derive exclusively from a steady decline in the geopolitical power of Muslim states, evidenced, most dramatically,...
  • Al-Qa'eda Terrorist Suspects Shot By Saudis

    06/02/2004 8:19:24 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 205+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-3-2004 | Robin Gedye
    Al-Qa'eda terrorist suspects shot by Saudis By Robin Gedye, Foreign Affairs Writer (Filed: 03/06/2004) Saudi security forces yesterday killed two suspected terrorists linked to the deaths of 22 people in a weekend al-Qa'eda attack in Khobar as further details emerged of how three of the gunmen escaped. The pair died in a gun battle with security forces in a remote mountainous area near Mecca, 700 miles from Khobar, after they threw grenades and fired automatic weapons at pursuing police who had stopped their car at a checkpoint. It was not known whether the two men, one of whom was disguised...
  • A Saudi Blogger's take on the "Hostage Rescue" (Hilarious!)

    06/02/2004 8:48:26 PM PDT · by saquin · 8 replies · 542+ views
    Wednesday, June 02, 2004 Saudi Elite Forces capture Terrorists  Well, only one actually. Three others escaped, as they always do, because that is how it is foretold in the old prophesy from the Sage of Riyadh "Tho' many be surrounded,and the surrounding be complete,all shall escapebut the one with bad feet". I've now seen the footage of their assault on the building in Alkhobar, getting out of the helicopter. Well I must have missed a bit, when they first threw out their Zimmer frames. I thought it was absolutely scandalous. I was always taught that it was good manners to...
  • Human shields in Saudi [Khobar] attacks [New: one hostage was beheaded]

    06/02/2004 6:47:41 PM PDT · by aculeus · 20 replies · 289+ views
    The Australian via news.com.au ^ | 02jun04 | From agencies
    THE terrorists who escaped after killing 22 people in Saudi Arabia at the weekend were holding human shields to ensure their escape. It is believed the three men, still on the run, escaped after making good on their threat to execute hostages in the Oasis housing compound in the eastern oil city of Khobar. A hostage heard the gunmen shouting they would release their captives if the security forces let them go. "The security forces refused at the beginning but then apparently relented," he said. "There was a kind of deal reached, although some hostages had already been killed." A...
  • Attacks Leave Many Questions Unanswered

    06/02/2004 7:49:50 AM PDT · by Valin · 4 replies · 142+ views
    Arab News ^ | 6/2/04 | Saeed Haider
    ALKHOBAR, 2 June 2004 — With the worst now over and the body count completed, the injured are being treated and the traumatized hostages are working hard to bring their lives back to normal. The security forces are on high alert throughout the country to make sure that there is no repetition of “Black Saturday” while the hunt continues for the escaped terrorists. An overview of the chain of events that started Saturday morning and ended with the release of hostages on Sunday morning, finds several questions unanswered. It is confirmed that the first attack came at 7.25 a.m. on...
  • Suspected Militants Linked to Khobar Attack Killed by Saudi Security, Government Says

    06/02/2004 6:35:28 AM PDT · by kattracks · 17 replies · 143+ views
    TBO.com ^ | 6/02/04 | Donna Abu-Nasr
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Saudi security forces Wednesday killed two suspected militants linked to a weekend shooting and hostage-taking in eastern Saudi Arabia where 22 people were slain, the Interior Ministry said. Also Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy said gunmen fired on American military personnel in the capital of Riyadh, slightly injuring a driver of unknown nationality. The ministry, in a statement reported by the official Saudi Press Agency, said security forces surrounded the two men in a remote area in al-Hada, on the Taif-Mecca highway in western Saudi Arabia, and killed them after they threw grenades and shot at...
  • Oil prices surge after terror hit in Khobar

    06/01/2004 11:27:17 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 114+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, June 2, 2004 | By Patrice Hill
    <p>Oil prices rocketed 6 percent to a record $42.38 a barrel yesterday in response to a weekend terrorist attack on a facility housing foreign oil workers in Saudi Arabia in which 22 persons were killed.</p> <p>The price surge in New York trading came despite an 8.5 percent increase in oil production by Saudi Arabia that began yesterday, and expectations that OPEC will adopt a like-sized increase in production tomorrow to lower sky-high oil and gasoline prices.</p>
  • Khobar gang head 'al Qaida trained'

    06/01/2004 12:31:40 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 114+ views
    icNewcastle ^ | June 01 2004
    The leader of the group responsible for the Saudi Arabia Khobar outrage was al Qaida trained. The BBC reported that the gunman, who was wounded and taken prisoner on Sunday, was high on Saudi officials' wanted list and a veteran of al Qaida training camps in Afghanistan. In the bloody 24-hour siege gunmen held up to 50 people hostage in a residential compound after attacking the offices of two oil companies in the eastern city of Al Khobar. It ended with security forces storming the militants' stronghold. The gunmen were believed to have killed 22 people - eight Indians, three...
  • Daring Raid (Are you Muslim or Christian?)

    06/01/2004 12:29:04 PM PDT · by XHogPilot · 11 replies · 182+ views
    Arab News ^ | 31 May 2004 | Saeed Haider
    Daring Raid Frees Hostages Saeed Haider • Molouk Y. Ba-Isa, Arab News ALKHOBAR, 31 May 2004 — Three Al-Qaeda gunmen remained at large and a fourth was arrested after commandos yesterday jumped from helicopters in a daring early morning operation to rescue 25 hostages the men were holding at an upmarket compound here, the Interior Ministry said. The terrorists killed seven Asians, a Swede and an Italian after gunning down some 13 people during a Saturday rampage. Just after sunrise, three security force helicopters arrived and dropped the forces on the roof of the Tower Building where the hostages were...
  • Saudi Police Battle Suspected Militants

    06/01/2004 11:57:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 123+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 1, 2004 01:56 PM ET | Reuters staff
    RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi police fought a gunbattle with suspected Islamic militants who opened fire on a check-point in western Saudi Arabia Tuesday, a government source said. The shootout occurred near the city of Ta'if, near the Muslim holy city of Mecca, after gunmen fired on police manning the check-point in the mountainous region, the source said. There were no reports so far of casualties, he added. A local journalist told Al Jazeera television channel that police were hunting for the men in nearby mountains. Saudi Arabia has tightened security around Western targets after a weekend rampage by Islamic militants...
  • World Oil Jumps After Qaeda Attack in Saudi

    06/01/2004 1:34:59 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 10 replies · 163+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 1, 2004 | Samia Nakhoul
    KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - World oil prices jumped sharply on Tuesday after a weekend attack on Saudi Arabia's oil industry by Islamic militants killed 22 people but did not interrupt output from the world's biggest exporter. Saudi leaders rushed to reassure the world about security after the suspected al Qaeda attack, but the price of U.S. crude rose about two percent to back over $40 a barrel. Security forces remained on high alert to thwart any further attacks as they searched for three militants who escaped a siege in the oil city of Khobar, where four gunmen killed 22...
  • Saudis let thugs go - survivors: Captives' rescue staged, they say

    06/01/2004 1:20:09 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 9 replies · 152+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | June 1, 2004 | DAVE GOLDINER
    Saudi commandos cut a deal to let Al Qaeda terrorists escape and stage-managed a dramatic "rescue" of dozens of hostages at a luxury housing complex, survivors and witnesses allege. One former hostage said he overheard the militants working to cut a deal with Saudi security forces that cordoned off the complex early Sunday. "Let us go and we'll let the hostages go," one of the hostage-takers told Saudi authorities, the survivor said. Security forces first refused, but agreed after the militants began slitting the throats of their helpless captives. The terrorists escaped the complex, then eluded security forces again when...
  • Mild climb in oil prices after Saudi attack

    05/31/2004 8:09:46 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 1 replies · 148+ views
    Financial Times ^ | May 31, 2004
    Crude oil futures in Asia rose only moderately on Monday despite fears that the weekend attack on Saudi Arabia's oil industry heralded major disruptions to global supplies. The leading commodity markets were shut due to holidays in both the US and Europe, with trading focused in Japan and Singapore. The crude futures for June in the Tokyo Commodity Exchange (Tocom), rose Y290 to Y23,580 per kilolitre, up 1.24 per cent from Friday's closing price. The Dubai/Oman oil contract will open for over-the-counter trade in Singapore later in the day. Oil and gasoline futures contracts traded in Asia tend to follow...
  • Manhunt For Saudi Hostage-Takers

    05/31/2004 4:14:14 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 103+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-31-2004
    Manhunt for Saudi hostage-takers Police have been checking cars throughout the city A nationwide manhunt is under way in Saudi Arabia for at least three Islamic militants who evaded capture after a bloody 25-hour hostage siege in Khobar. Police have set up checkpoints to catch the gunmen who killed 22 people and took about 50 foreigners hostage. Officials say the group's leader was wounded and captured, but that the others escaped using hostages as human shields and then hijacking a car. But one hostage has claimed security forces allowed the gunman to escape. VICTIMS' NATIONALITIES Eight Indians Three Filipinos Three...
  • Al-Qaeda Message Takes A Stab At Berlusconi (Bush To Visit)

    05/31/2004 3:49:22 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 176+ views
    IOL ^ | 5-31-2004
    Al-Qaeda message takes a stab at Berlusconi May 31 2004 at 03:57PM Rome - Stinging comments directed at Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and attributed to al-Qaeda were widely reported in the Italian press on Monday, just days ahead of a visit to Rome by United States President George Bush. The message, posted on an Internet site and attributed to Abdel Aziz al-Muqrin, the head of al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, claims responsibility for the bloody weekend siege at a housing complex in the eastern Saudi oil city of Al-Khobar, in which 19 foreigners and three Saudis were killed. It says:...
  • NOOSE TIGHTENS ON 3 TERRORISTS: AL-KHOBAR KILLERS ELUDING CAPTURE

    05/31/2004 6:43:31 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 10 replies · 127+ views
    The Saudi Gazette ^ | 06/01/04 | By Sabria S. Jawhar and Joe Avancena
    SAUDI security forces Monday narrowed their search to the Al-Tebaishi district on the Dammam route for three Al-Qaeda linked terrorists fleeing after a bloody rampage that left 22 people dead in Al-Khobar two days before, an Interior Ministry source said. All routes in and out of the Eastern Province, including the Kuwaiti route, have been sealed off, the source told The Saudi Gazette. It is only hours before their arrest. The trio broke through a huge security net thrown around the Oasis residential compound in Al-Khobar overnight Sunday, leaving behind their leader who was wounded and captured by Saudi commandos...
  • Report: Saudis Let Terrorists Escape; Throats of Hostages Slit

    05/31/2004 5:59:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 632+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 6/1/04 | NewsMax
    A Saudi security official would not directly address whether the militants who led a bloody assault against a residential and resort complex in Khobar, Audi Arabia were allowed to escape. But he said: "Our main priority was the hostages, and those guys who ran away, we know how to find them," according to the Associated Press. However, as of Monday, the three terrorists who sped away in a vehicle have not been apprehended. Only one of the four attackers was captured, but the Interior Ministry said the arrested militant, who was wounded, was the ringleader of the assault and "an...
  • Chronology of Attacks on Westerners in Saudi Arabia (May 31, 2004 )

    05/31/2004 5:58:46 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies · 145+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon May 31, 2004 08:50 AM ET | Reuters staff
        Chronology of Attacks on Westerners in Saudi ArabiaMon May 31, 2004 08:50 AM ET LONDON (Reuters) - Suspected al Qaeda militants killed 22 civilians in Saudi Arabia at the weekend. Here is a short chronology of major attacks on Westerners in Saudi Arabia since 1995. Nov 13, 1995 - Five Americans and two Indians killed and 60 people wounded in an explosion in a car park near a U.S.-run military training center in Riyadh. June 25, 1996 - Bomb in fuel truck kills 19 American soldiers and wounds nearly 400 people at U.S. military housing complex in...
  • Paying The Price For Incompetence (Saudia Arabia)

    05/31/2004 5:21:56 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 135+ views
    The Guardian (UK)Y ^ | 5-31-2004 | Brian Whitaker
    Paying the price for incompetence Gunmen who carried out a weekend killing spree in Saudi Arabia escaped after yet another security fiasco. It is time for the interior minister to go, writes Brian Whitaker Monday May 31, 2004 How on earth can a small group of gunmen go on a shooting spree that kills 16 or more people, become totally surrounded by security forces on the ground and commandos hovering in helicopters overhead ... and then escape? The answer is "very easily" - at least in Hollywood films and in Saudi Arabia. Three of the four men responsible for the...
  • Middle East Says Saudi Killings Against Islam

    05/31/2004 5:01:12 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 181+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon May 31, 2004 12:03 PM ET | Reuters staff
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Reuters) - Middle Eastern politicians, religious leaders and even some Islamic militants condemned the killing of 22 civilians in Saudi Arabia, blamed on al Qaeda, saying it upset regional security and gave Islam a bad name. Saudi security forces launched a nationwide hunt for the suspected al Qaeda militants who killed 22 civilians and took dozens of foreigners hostage, but escaped when commandos stormed the compound in the eastern oil city of Khobar Sunday. "Hamas expresses its strong condemnation and regret for the sinful attack," the Palestinian Islamist group said Monday. "We stress these actions harm...
  • Horror end to Johanssons' retirement dreams [He was slaughtered in Saudi Arabia.]

    05/31/2004 4:16:40 PM PDT · by aculeus · 5 replies · 125+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | June 1, 2004 | Mark Todd in Brisbane
    Sunday morning used to be a special time for Sherree Johansson. She would rise early at her Gold Coast home and at 5.30am call her husband Magnus, a senior chef at the Oasis resort in Saudi Arabia. Mr Johansson, 50, had been away 4 years. The couple had decided he could secure their future financially with the better wages on offer in the Middle East. Even so, they were never happy about living apart. Mrs Johansson knew something was wrong on Sunday when her telephone calls were not answered. She could not get through to the resort either and started...
  • Saudis Rush to Assure World After Qaeda Attack

    05/31/2004 4:26:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 137+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon May 31, 2004 06:55 PM ET | Samia Nakhoul
        Saudis Rush to Assure World After Qaeda AttackMon May 31, 2004 06:55 PM ET By Samia Nakhoul KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's leaders rushed to assure the world they were in full control, hours before global markets pass judgment on Tuesday on a suspected al Qaeda attack on their oil industry. Many oil sector analysts said the militants' shooting and hostage-taking rampage at the weekend in the world's biggest oil exporter, in which 22 people were killed, could push fuel prices higher. Britain warned more attacks were probable in the kingdom. "(Attacks) are clearly possible....
  • 'Second Briton Dead' In Saudi Seige

    05/31/2004 3:34:44 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 254+ views
    Ananova ^ | 5-31-2004
    'Second Briton dead' in Saudi siege Officials were investigating reports that a second Briton had died in a bloody 24-hour siege in Saudi Arabia. Earlier it was confirmed that a British oil executive had been shot dead at the start of the siege. Gunmen held up to 50 people hostage in a residential compound after attacking the offices of two oil companies in the eastern city of Al Khobar. It ended with security forces storming the militants' stronghold. The gunmen were initially believed to have killed 22 people - eight Indians, three Filipinos, three Saudis, two Sri Lankans, an American,...
  • Saudi security forces 'allowed kidnappers to flee'-

    05/31/2004 9:17:47 AM PDT · by Flavius · 7 replies · 211+ views
    timesonline ^ | May 31, 2004 | BY AGENCIES IN AL-KHOBAR, SAUDI ARABIA
    Saudi security forces 'allowed kidnappers to flee' BY AGENCIES IN AL-KHOBAR, SAUDI ARABIA Saudi security forces allowed some kidnappers in the bloody weekend attack on a residential compound to flee because they threatened to blow up the building, according to reports. At least 22 people died in the attack, including a Briton whose body was dragged through the streets of the port city of al-Khobar. One employee of the Oasis compound said today that a hostage heard the gunmen shouting that they would release their captives if the security forces let them go. "The security forces refused at the beginning...
  • Saudi Police Wait to Quiz Wounded Leader of Attack

    05/31/2004 7:34:46 AM PDT · by treeclimber · 26 replies · 139+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5-31-04 | NEIL MacFARQUHAR
    KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, May 31 — The Saudi police were waiting today to question Nimr Al-Bigami, the critically wounded ringleader of the four gunmen who terrorized a luxury residential compound for foreigners over the weekend in a kidnapping and killing spree that left 22 people dead and 25 wounded.
  • Christian lied about faith to survive Saudi siege

    05/31/2004 9:00:49 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 737 replies · 3,434+ views
    Reuters ^ | 31 May 2004 14:43:21 GMT | Samia Nakhoul
    KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, May 31 (Reuters) - A Christian Arab who was held captive by al Qaeda militants in Saudi Arabia said on Monday he lied to them about his faith and praised their battle against the West, to save his life. Nizar Hajazeen, a Jordanian software businessmen who was at the Tower hotel in the Oasis compound during the 25-hour drama in Khobar, said the militants lectured him about Islam and their aim to liberate Saudi Arabia from "infidels and crusaders". The complex where the militants held about 50 foreigners -- including some Westerners -- was their last target...